Last night in Portland, Arab Strap's opening band, A Whisper In The Noise, were attacked by some crack heads (or something). It actually seems pretty serious, as the band's manager spent the night in the hospital. The official statement is below. If you have any info, don't be afraid to snitch. Beating up indie bands is lame.
"On the first leg of the Arab Strap tour, supporting band A Whisper In The Noise were attacked last night, March 28, at knifepoint by two thugs at the Neumos show in Seattle (located at 925 E. Pike Street).
Two drunk/drugged out-of-their mind males approached the AWITN van as they were loading the last piece of gear into the truck and enjoying one last smoke before hitting the road. Minutes after Arab Strap left the venue the youths approached the band. They attempted to grab gear and gain entry onto the van. When confronted by the AWITN bandmembers and tour manager, one of the perpetrators pulled a knife and the other sucker punched the tour manager, knocking out his front teeth. They then attempted to slash the van tires before leaving the scene. Police arrived after the perpetrators fled the scene and no arrests were made. The tour manager spent the night in the ER having his front teeth temporarily replaced with a temporary bridge.
AWITN tour manager/driver comments: "They had a knife drawn and demanded equipment, then the other guy sucker-punched me. As they ran away they were shouting, 'Welcome to Seattle, Motherfuckers!'"
If anyone has any information regarding the attackers, please call the Seattle police department at 206-684-4300."